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Back Roads Italy (Eyewitness Travel)
Dorling Kindersley
ISBN 978-0-7566-5917-2
Published February 2010 - Softcover - 264 pages - $25.00

Oh how in need I am of a couple of road trips!  Even better if they could be in Italy.  How absolutely glorious!  This gem of a book offers superbly enticing photographs as well as informative and useful information you'll need for your trip.  Information along with driving etiquette, road rules, sign posts, speed limits, toll, breakdowns, the lack of facilities at service stations, and the like.  "Where to Stay" is also discussed, and there is much to choose from, as is "Where to Eat"—oh, don't ever cut corners (no pun intended) when it comes to Italian food.  Eat the best and enjoy it to the max.  There are 25 trips to consider in this book, and you can do them all or just a few.  Each one offered gives you Highlights, Activities, Day Trip Options, Where to Stay, Eat, and Drink, etc., as well as maps.  Not only will you go to one main destination, you'll be advised of others en route which may take your fancy.  These trips are so well thought out, that planning where and when to go is so easy.  You're given start/finish (Stresa to Alagna Valsesia), Number of Days, Distance, Road Conditions, When to Go, Opening Times, Main Market Days, Shopping, and Major Festivals where applicable.  Reading through this book, you'll come across so many beautiful photographs of scenes, buildings, food, art work, homes, gardens, lakes, castles, farms, and more.  If it's Rome, Naples, Venice, Milan, somewhere in Tuscany, somewhere near the lakes, Siena (yes, please), San Remo, Trieste, Turin, Sardinia, Sicily, Gallipoli, or wherever, they are all included.  You can even go truffle hunting.  There is a pull-out map at the back of the book, but sadly, this being a library book, it had disappeared so I can't report on it.  Fortunately, there is another fixed map in the inside front cover as well as many smaller, detailed ones inside.
Conclusion - Comprehensive, alluring, historic, and a divine introduction to a divine country.

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